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Elephant Rumblings: A Series To Define a Season

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  • 1912 - In response to demands for an alternative way to rate pitchers besides wins and losses, the National League will officially keep ERA’s for the first time; the Giants’ Jeff Tesreau will lead the league at 1.96. Despite an increase in .300 hitters from 22 to 32 this year, there will be 19 pitchers with ERA’s under 3.00. The American League will not make ERA part of its official statistics until 1913.
  • 1982 - In a 5 - 4 loss to the Brewers, the A’s Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock’s 1974 single-season record of 118 stolen bases. By stealing a total of four bases, Rickey ends the day with 122 and will finish the season with 130.

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